American Laboratory Trading Blog

Feb 1, 2016

Study Links a Molecular Process and Genetic Variant to Schizophrenia

by Grant Goad Researchers at Harvard Medical School, the Broad Institute, and Boston Children’s Hospital have linked a biological process in the brain to an increased risk of schizophrenia in young people. Synaptic pruning, in which unneeded connections between neurons are eliminated, is a healthy part of adolescent development. When this molecular process takes place … Continued

Jan 22, 2016

Synthetic DNA Company Twist Bioscience Raises $61 Million

by Grand Goad San Francisco’s Twist Bioscience, a manufacturer of synthetic DNA, announced on Tuesday that it has raised a $61 million Series D round. Additionally, the company has secured $20 million in debt financing from Silicon Valley bank. Twist has raised $133 million since its founding in 2013. The round’s participants included Arch Overage … Continued

Jan 20, 2016

The ALT Difference Compared To Other Used Lab Equipment Companies

Several companies are advertising the same product, why should I work with your company? When you call ALT, you’ll hear words like “solutions, partnership, and commitment.”  Sure, ALT offers competitively priced instruments and we even offer a price match guarantee, but our primary goal is to be your long-term business partner and your trusted source … Continued

Jan 5, 2016

Join ALT at the San Francisco Biotech Showcase

Join ALT’s COO, Jayson Bernstein and Sr. VP of Business Development Anggie Becorest at the Biotech Showcase 2016 in San Francisco, January 11 – 13. What is the Biotech Showcase? It is an investor and networking conference devoted to providing private and/or public biotechnology and life sciences companies the opportunity to present and meet with, investor/potential strategics in one place … Continued

Dec 15, 2015

Dr. Cosimo Commisso and the Nutrient Scavengers

by Grant Goad How do Ras-driven pancreatic cancer cells fuel their growth? Ravenous nutrient scavengers, they do it through a process called macropinocytosis, which allows them to draw in quantities of the protein albumin. Albumin supplies the amino acids necessary for the cancer cells to grow. Dr. Cosimo Commisso, of the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical … Continued

Dec 11, 2015

Waging Hope with Pancreatic Cancer Research Grants

by Grant Goad The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s goal is to double the survival rate of this deadly disease by 2020. It’s no small task: pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., with a 5-year survival rate of only 7 percent. One of the pillars of the organization’s strategy is … Continued

Nov 13, 2015

My Story—World Pancreatic Cancer Day

By Anggie Becorest, Senior VP of Business Development, ALT November is an especially reflective time of year for me. My name is Anggie Becorest and I am a 19-year pancreatic cancer survivor. I feel really blessed to be here because the statistics for pancreatic cancer are quite bleak. As a group, pancreatic cancer patients come … Continued

Nov 4, 2015

National Pancreatic Cancer Month – Wage Hope this November

Pancreatic cancer is deadly: It’s the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States The five-year survival rate is only seven percent It will kill 72 percent of those diagnosed within a year of their diagnosis It’s time to act. ALT urges you to join us in supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and … Continued

Nov 3, 2015

Upcoming ALT Events for November 2015

November 3, 2015 Life Sciences Vendor Show 11:30AM – 1:00PM PST J. Craig Venter Institute Outdoor Patio Overlooking the Pacific 4120 Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla CA For more info, click here. November 4, 2015 Life Sciences Vendor Show 11:30AM – 1:00PM PST The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine 2880 Torrey Oubes Scenic Drive, La … Continued

Oct 22, 2015

$600,000 Cell Line Challenge: Intestinal Carciniod & Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

The Caring for Carcinoid Foundation has offered a $600,000 award for the development of new cell lines that replicate the characteristics and genetics of carcinoid and pancreatic neuroendocrine (PNET) tumors. This is the second open competition sponsored by the foundation—a $300,000 award was offered in 2014, and entries are currently under evaluation. The $600,000 will … Continued

Oct 13, 2015

Lab Equipment for Craft Brewers

By Grant Goad The craft brew movement is booming. According to the Brewers Association, a national trade group, the overall craft beer market in the U.S. reached $19.6 billion in 2014, with nearly 22 million barrels representing 11% of the overall market. And common lab equipment has played a critical role. The fermentation tank isn’t … Continued

Sep 21, 2015

QB3 releases economic impact data for 2014

QB3 always knew their entrepreneurs were amazing and so did ALT, as a proud sponsor of the facility. Now we have data to prove it! In late spring and early summer, QB3 sent a survey to 411 companies in the QB3 network, asking how they performed in 2014. They included in the survey every startup … Continued

Sep 18, 2015

4 Tips for Molecular Diagnostics Start-ups

by Grant Goad According to an October, 2014 report, the global molecular diagnostics market will grow to nearly $8 billion by 2018. And with the boom in technologies such as digital PCR and DNA sequencing, this market will only get bigger. At American Laboratory Trading, we strive to support life science entrepreneurs, and to provide … Continued

Sep 9, 2015

Tips and Tricks: Overview of Degasser Maintenance

There’s a lot that can go wrong with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The pressure of the system can get crazy, the lines can get blocked, and the columns don’t last forever.  While we can’t solve all of your HPLC problems, we will periodically post some suggestions to help you maintain your HPLC to the best … Continued

Sep 3, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Meet Apeel Sciences and their VP of Operations Jenny Du

Apeel Sciences creates natural agricultural solutions for growers to protect their crops and increase the shelf life of harvested produce, reducing reliance on pesticides as well as food waste. In the United States, over one third of all the food we grow is wasted, in part because fresh food spoils before we eat it. In … Continued

Aug 27, 2015

3 Lab Safety Resources

By Grant Goad  Building a culture of safety is fundamental to every healthy, secure, and successful lab operation. From the CEO on down, everyone in the lab must take responsibility for the safety of their colleagues and themselves. Safety goals and policies need to be clear and meaningful, not abstract rules that are easy to … Continued
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